Best Hair Straighteners
A decent hair straightener should be able to turn even the bounciest curls into sleek, straight hair while protecting it from heat damage. Choosing the right hair styling tool is important, whether you’re looking for a straightener for curly hair, a hair straightening brush, or something else to transform your locks.
- Award Winner 2021
The ceramic-coated titanium floating plates on the SAS Professional Hair Straightener easily straighten and curl hair of all types - it’s gentle on fine hair while helping manage frizz in thick, coarse hair.
Price (RRP) $189.95
Effectively straightens all hair types
Hair stays straight for whole day
Doesn't overheat hair
- Build Quality4.2 (29)
- Value for Money4.3 (29)
- Ease of Use4.5 (29)
- Hair Care 4.4 (22)
- FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Universal Voltage
- Min Temperature50 °C
- Max Temperature232 °C
- Colour / FinishWhite, Pink, Gold, Dark Purple, or Matt Black
The Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron has tourmaline ceramic plates and a variety of temperature settings to help you straighten, curl, and add volume to all kinds of hair.
Price (RRP) $199.95
Leaves hair soft and shiny
Straightens hair efficiently
- FeaturesAuto Shut-off, Storage Case and Universal Voltage
- Min Temperature120 °C
- Max Temperature240 °C
- Colour / FinishBlack, Blue, Pink, Purple, White
- Cord Length3 m
With floating tourmaline ceramic plates, temperature control, and an array of safety features, the OzHead MKIII lets you straighten and curl hair effortlessly while reducing frizz.
Price (RRP) $299.95
Easy to use
- Build Quality3.7 (3)
- Value for Money4.0 (4)
- Ease of Use4.0 (4)
- Hair Care 3.0 (1)
- FeaturesAuto Shut-off and Universal Voltage
- Min Temperature80 °C
- Max Temperature230 °C
- Colour / FinishRed, Black, Green
- Cord Length3 m
Fast-heating and versatile, the GlamPalm Hair Straightener has an array of impressive features to rival other notable irons on the market.
Price (RRP) $199.00 to $340.00
If you want salon-quality results at home, the Muk Style Sticks can help you achieve that; they have variable heat settings, are effective on thick, curly hair, and are a breeze to use.
Price (RRP) $199.95 to $249.95
As the second-most premium ghd on the market after the ghd platinum+, this $285 Gold Styler has a lot to live up to.
Price (RRP) $290.00
The L’Oreal Steampod, which has a promising review rating of 4.1 stars, can be used to straighten, as well as create waves and curls.
Price (RRP) $280.00
The Cloud Nine Original Iron’s $340 price point leads to high expectations. But do its offerings of mineral-infused heating plates, adjustable temperature settings and efficient straightening make it worthwhile?
Price (RRP) $340.00
Types of hair straighteners
Hair straighteners are often categorised by the material of their plate - most will have plates either made from ceramic, tourmaline, or titanium. You can sometimes find aluminium, alloy, or glass plates, but these are extremely damaging and inefficient, so they’re not recommended.
- Distribute heat evenly at lower temperatures, making them great for hair that’s easily straightened and doesn’t need much styling.
- Requires higher temperatures to achieve the same result as titanium plates.
- Daily use may cause more damage to hair than other plate types.
You can also find which have all the benefits of a ceramic hair straightener, but the coating can chip away over time and result in uneven heating, which is why this is only really found in more budget straighteners.
- Negative ions help lock in moisture and close the hair cuticle, giving hair a shiny appearance.
- Heats up hair quickly.
- Helps reduce frizz as they eliminate static.
- May need more passes to straighten hair than titanium plates.
- Heats up quickly and styles hair efficiently.
- Spreads heat evenly over plate surface.
- Can be used at lower temperatures than ceramic plates but still achieve the same results, making them great for daily use.
- It’s the least damaging hair straightener.
- Most expensive plate type on the market.
What straighteners do salons use?
Titanium straighteners are usually the preferred straightener for salons and professional hair stylists, however this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should go out and buy a salon-quality titanium iron for great results, as there may be other materials that are better suited for your hair type.
How do I choose a good hair straightener?
Finding a good straightening hair product that can achieve salon-worthy results can be easier if you consider the following when you shop.
If you’re looking for a flat iron, they’ll either have or floating plates. Floating plates have the advantage of being able to move and adjust pressure on your hair, helping protect the hair shaft from damage.
This flexibility lets the plates better adjust to suit the style you’re going for, and does a better job at preventing snagging and tangling. You can find both and , however dual floating tends to be more effective.
Flat ironing can damage hair if you overheat it, which is why that operate at a lower heat can be handy. These heated hair brushes detangle hair and can leave it smooth and shiny, and their reduced temperature makes them great for using on thin or damaged hair.
A wide plate can shorten the time it takes to straighten your hair. They’re suitable for long, thick hair, as they straighten more hair with each pass.
Narrow plates are more suited to short or fine hair, as they apply less heat and therefore don’t damage the hair shaft as much. Slimmer plates are also easier to store and fit into your travel bag.
You can also find mini hair straighteners that are designed for travel - while they’re convenient, they’re usually not nearly as powerful as their full-sized counterparts.
A straightener with rounded edges at the top makes it easier to create curly hair. If a flat iron has straight edges, it will give you even straighter hair.
There are some features to look out for that can make using your straightener a breeze.
- A cordless hair straightener can be used anywhere, so you don’t need to position yourself next to a power outlet to use it.
- This is handy if you think you’ll be taking your straightener with you when you travel overseas.
- If you’re a bit forgetful, looking for a straightener that automatically shuts off after a certain period of time can prevent it from starting a fire, or at the very least save you from being slapped with a big energy bill.
- A folding handle makes your straightener more compact so that it takes up less space in your bathroom drawer or your luggage - no game of Tetris needed.
- This makes it easy to transport your straightener.
- Some straighteners use steam as well as heated plates to straighten hair - steam hair straighteners are thought to be less damaging to your hair, more efficient to use, and more smoothing for the hair.
- Protective heat mat: Some straighteners come with a heat mat that you can rest the straightener on while it’s turned on, so you don’t have to worry about heat damaging your furniture.
- Infused plates: The plates on some straighteners are infused with hair-nourishing ingredients like keratin and argan oil, which help with repairing and protecting your hair.
- Wet-to-dry: A wet-to-dry straightener dries hair while you straighten it, however it’s still recommended to use it on damp hair, not when it’s sopping wet after you've just jumped out of the shower.
Straighteners can go up to temperatures of 150 to 250°C, but just because you can get a super-hot iron, doesn’t mean that you need one.
People with fine or damaged hair may want to use a straightener at a lower heat, which is why a straightener with adjustable temperature settings may be useful to avoid burning your hair.
Some more high-end irons also have intelligent heat control, which has sensors in the plates that automatically adjust the temperature so that it's just hot enough to straighten hair without overheating it.
Try and find a quality hair straightener in your budget with quick heat-up times that’s also efficient in straightening your hair. Some straighteners can fully heat up in under 30 seconds, however you should read reviews to see if the advertised heating time is accurate.
What else should I look for in reviews?
- How long it takes to style hair - bonus points if it only takes one pass to make hair completely straight.
- How gentle the straightener is with hair.
- The hair type and length of reviewers, so that you can see whether a product is right for your hair.
Ease of use
Check for the position of the controls - sometimes they’re fiddly and it can be easy to accidentally turn the straightener off while you’re using it. If you can, hold the straightener to see if you can easily adjust the controls with just one hand.
A swivel cord also makes using the hair straightener at any angle easier, as you won’t tangle up the cord when you move the iron around.
A hair straightener can cost you anywhere from $20 to $700, with most costing somewhere between $50 to $300. We know, the huge difference in price points doesn’t make choosing an iron any easier, but if you want more “luxe” features like titanium plates and intelligent heat control, then expect to fork out more.
Although spending more can often get you a more effective and durable straightener, you can find high-quality straighteners at lower price points that do the job just fine.
The bottom line
Think about how often you use a straightener and what you intend to use it for, and you should be able to find a selection of irons that are fit-for-purpose.
If it’s easy to use, heats up quickly, doesn’t unnecessarily damage your hair, and gives you the look you’re after, then there’s a high chance it’s right for you.